|For Immediate Release:||24 May 2007|
Pearson VUE Renews Global Test Delivery Contract with CompTIA
BLOOMINGTON, Minn., May 24, 2007 — Pearson VUE, the electronic testing business of Pearson, announced that it has signed a three-year global contract extension with the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) to continue delivery of the full suite of CompTIA certification examinations. These exams, including CompTIA A+®, Network+® and Security+™, will be delivered at more than 4,000 Pearson VUE® Authorized Test Centers worldwide — the most extensive test center network in the industry.
As part of this agreement, CompTIA and Pearson VUE are jointly supporting U.S. Department of Defense certification initiatives by providing increased access to CompTIA certification exams, distributing funding awareness campaigns, and educating service personnel on the benefits of certification.
CompTIA serves the IT industry as the world’s largest developer of vendor-neutral IT certification exams. Since establishing the certification program in 1993, nearly a million CompTIA certifications have been earned worldwide. Currently, CompTIA offers certifications in PC hardware repair, networking, security, servers, project management, training, Linux, home technology integration, document imaging and radio frequency identification.
“Today’s tech workplace relies on workers with greater versatility and a broader skill set than was required in the past,” said John Venator, president and chief executive officer, CompTIA. “People who want to be in IT need an edge, a means of proving they can do the tasks assigned, and professional certification is a major step toward that proof. We are pleased to continue our collaboration with Pearson VUE to deliver CompTIA certification exams around the world.”
“We are very pleased that CompTIA has decided to continue their relationship with us,” said Robert Whelan, president of Pearson VUE. “With our innovative technology and global test center network, CompTIA will continue to watch the success of their certification program grow.”
About Pearson VUE
Pearson VUE (www.pearsonvue.com) is the global leader in electronic testing services for academic admissions, certification and licensure programs. Pearson VUE offers exams through the world’s largest network of test centers in 162 countries, providing testing services for information technology, regulatory and certification boards, academic, government and corporate clients. Its innovative technology offers the security and control required by academic, licensure and certification programs while its commitment to service provides customers with an unmatched testing experience. Pearson acquired Promissor, which is now a business of Pearson VUE, extending its leadership in the testing and certification industry.
Pearson VUE is a business of Pearson (NYSE: PSO; LSE: PSON), the international media company, whose businesses include the Financial Times Group, Pearson Education, and the Penguin Group.
For 25 years, the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) has served as the voice of the world’s information technology (IT) industry. Today, the Association represents the business interests of more than 20,000 member companies in more than 100 countries worldwide. CompTIA is committed to advancing the long-term success and growth of the IT industry; helping organizations maximize the benefits they receive from their investments in technology; and assisting individuals to obtain the skills and credentials they need for productive careers in IT. For more information, please visit: www.comptia.org.